E3 2013: Microsoft can ban your Xbox One library

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Systems, Shows and Expos | June 17, 2013 - 03:16 AM |
Tagged: xbox one, microsoft, ea, E3 13, E3

Update: Microsoft denies the statements from their support account... but this is still one of the major problems with DRM and closed platforms in general. It is stuff like this that you let them do.

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Electronic Arts knows that they need to shake their terrible public image.

Welcome to Microsoft's PR strategy for the Xbox One.

Consumers, whether they acknowledge it or not, fear for the control that platform holders have over their content. It was hard for many to believe that having your EA account banned for whatever reason, even a dispute with a forum moderator, forfeited your license to games you play through that EA account. Sounds like another great idea for Microsoft to steal.

Not stopping there, later on in the thread they were asked what would happen in the event of a security breach. You know, recourse before destroying access to possibly thousands of dollars of content.

While not a "verified account", @xboxsupport is.

They acknowledge ownership of this account in the background image there.

Honestly, there shouldn't have been any doubt that these actually are Microsoft employees.

... Yikes.

At this point, we have definitely surpassed absurdity. Sure, you typically need to do something fairly bad to have Microsoft stop charging your for Xbox Live. Removing access to your entire library of games, to me, is an attempt to limit cheating and the hardware community.

Great, encourage spite from the soldering irons, that works out well.

Don't worry, enthusiasts, you know the PC loves you.

Gaming as a form of entertainment is fundamentally different than gaming as a form of art. When content is entertainment, its message touches you without any intrinsic value and can be replaced with similar content. Sometimes a certain piece of content, itself, has specific value to society. It is these times where we should encourage efforts by organizations such as GoG, Mozilla and W3C, Khronos, and many others. Without help, it could be extremely difficult or impossible for content to be preserved for future generations and future civilizations.

It does not even need to get in the way of the industry and its attempt to profit from the gaming medium; a careless industry, on the other hand, can certainly get in the way of our ability to have genuine art. After all, this is the main reason why I am a PC gamer: the platform allows entertainment to co-exist with communities who support themselves when the official channels do not.

Of course, unless Windows learns a little something from the Xbox. I guess do not get your Windows Store account banned in the future?

June 17, 2013 | 04:58 AM - Posted by tabuburn (not verified)

I'm willing to bet that the upcoming XBone and PS4 would now be easier to hack and/or create emulators for seeing as they are now using a x86 platform.

June 17, 2013 | 01:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You need to update this article since it is not accurate. http://www.neowin.net/news/banned-xbox-live-users-will-still-be-able-to-...

June 17, 2013 | 01:48 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

The update has been there, above the image, since about a half hour after I posted the story.

Also, Larry Hyrb's reaction (wide eyes and turn around) leads him to believe that it was the first time he's heard of it. Microsoft has not exactly briefed their staff well for the trade show. We'll see whether we get that answer consistently.

June 17, 2013 | 04:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

When it comes to security and accounts being hacked and the WHOLE network going down several times one name comes to mind...SONY.
Secretly placing rootkits on users HDD`s. Which took a Federal investigation to finally get SONY to remove and compensate users.
I`ll be buying an XBOX1 thank you.

June 17, 2013 | 08:37 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Why one or the other?

June 17, 2013 | 09:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Media Center Extender ! Getting a Ceton internal quad-tuner cablecard device soon.
Or since I PC game might just pick up a 360 slim as an extender.
Used to use one like that a couple years back over Cat6 Ethernet and it worked beautifully.
Matter of fact , if the ONE doesn`t work as an extender , I will pass on it.

June 18, 2013 | 01:23 AM - Posted by brisa117

I too am looking forward to the possibility of a good emulator for either system!

Anyways, about the story: I don't know why everyone is all up in arms about the DRM issue. Honestly, stores like Gamestop have been ripping us off for years. I mean when's the last time you traded a game in and were genuinely satisfied with the trade credit? Sure they'll give you a decent amount for a game that came out last week, but more often than not, you have to trade 10 old games for one new game. Hardly worth it in my opinion.

Secondly, PC gamers have been trade-free for years, and we don't mind too much. Why? Because the selling approach is completely different! Namely, games actually go on sale! There's a reason steam is so popular. The answer to piracy is making an environment where it's easier to buy than to pirate, and that doesn't get achieved solely by making it harder to pirate.

Thirdly, with rare exception, people who get banned deserve it. Should they have their library of games taken away? No, but if Microsoft does implement this program, not only would the gamer have to buy a new gamertag, but also have to pay MS whatever they're going to charge for used games. Long story short, even if this did actually come about, banned gamers don't lose their games, they just have aditional barrier to reentry.

Lastly before anyone jumps on me, I will admit that the 24-hour check in is pretty slimy. Yes, most people are online 24/7, but ocassionally your wife's family rents a cabin in the mountains or a beach house. Did they check if there was internet there? Not a chance. So now you either get the first day to game or you leave the Xbox at home.

In the end, this will effect close to no one.

P.S. PC gaming FTW!

June 18, 2013 | 03:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Monkey BOY: Bend Over! it's time to get Xboned!

Bender: are we Xboned, Yes? Leela: "Yeah, we're Xboned

November 28, 2013 | 05:24 AM - Posted by michaeljnesbitt1

This was so ridiculous, How can microsoft ban this when he launched new Xbox one.

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